Whether A Dastardly Heel Or A Beloved Babyface, “Lord” Athol Layton Won Titles And Filled Arenas

At 6’5” and 265 pounds, “Lord” Athol Layton cut quite the imposing figure in 1948, the year he became a professional wrestler. Born in Surrey, England in 1921, Layton moved to Australia with his parents at the age of 13. After high school, he served in the Australian Imperial Forces during World War II, where… Continue reading Whether A Dastardly Heel Or A Beloved Babyface, “Lord” Athol Layton Won Titles And Filled Arenas

The Meteoric Rise & Stunning Fall Of Fred Kohler’s NWA Chicago Wrestling Empire

On June 29th, 1961, the NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion Pat O’Connor stood across the ring from “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers. In front of a raucous Comiskey Park crowd of 38,622 fans, the men wrestled a Two out of Three Falls Match that lasted 21:30 minutes and ended with Rogers picking up the final pinfall, becoming… Continue reading The Meteoric Rise & Stunning Fall Of Fred Kohler’s NWA Chicago Wrestling Empire